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Identifying Confidence Challenges in Young Athletes

Youth Sports Psychology

Confidence Challenges For Sports Kids The fall season is underway, so you likely are beginning to get a feel for how confident your athletes are feeling in their sport. If you’re uncertain about whether they’re feeling confident, here are a few things to think about. If you can identify what … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Why Do Athletes Choke Under Pressure?

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Do Your Sports Kids Choke in Competition? In “Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about why athletes choke or under perform in competition. Visit and click on contact us to submit your question for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Helping Kids Who Perform Better in Practice Than Competition

Youth Sports Psychology

Confidence During Competition Do your sports kids excel in practice, but lose confidence and under-perform during competition? That’s the main challenge high school track-and-field coach Lumuli Kyumba faces. But she has created some winning strategies for helping kids through this challenge. Read on to get her great tips that apply to … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Sports Kids Who Feel Pressure To Make Parents Happy

Building Confidence in Young Athletes

One important challenge for sports kids today is a phenomenon called social approval. Young athletes often worry too much about what others may or may not be thinking about them. Young athletes want other to hold them in high esteem: They want to be accepted, respected, or liked by others. … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Kids Who Struggle with Pregame Nerves

Youth Sports Psychology

Overcoming Pregame Jitters Most top athletes and coaches are aware of the importance of a calm mind and relaxed body for kids to reach peak performance in sports. And so am I… If your athletes are tense, worried about outcomes, or bring stress from life into competition, they will under … Read Sport Psychology Tip